• Announce engagement and insert in newspapers if desired.
  • Arrange engagement party.

Soon after

  • Set wedding budget. It may be helpful to use the Wedding SA budget planner.
  • Plan the wedding style.
  • Hire a wedding coordinator if necessary or do the planning yourself using Wedding SA.
  • Choose the wedding venue and set the date.
  • Contact the wedding official – priest, celebrant or registry office.
  • Choose wedding party – groomsmen, bridesmaids, etc.
  • Draw up a guest list and formalise approximate numbers for reception.
  • Decide on reception venue and book.
  • Hire any extra equipment required – marquee, furniture, crockery, etc.
  • Determine if a wedding decorator is required and contact if necessary.
  • Begin shopping for wedding dress or dressmaker and accessories.
  • Select suits and dresses for the rest of the wedding party and arrange fittings.
  • Plan and book the honeymoon.
  • Book the wedding transportation – cars, horse and carriage, limousines, etc.
  • Select photographer and videographer.
  • Select a florist.
  • Choose music or musician for church or ceremony.
  • Book reception entertainment.
  • Consider pre-marriage counselling.
  • Consider wedding insurance.

3 Months before

  • Order invitations and other stationery.
  • Select bomboniere.
  • Choose wedding cake.
  • Make wedding day appointments – hairdresser, beautician, etc.
  • Make any necessary personal appointments.
  • Arrange passport, vaccinations, etc if the honeymoon is overseas.
  • Arrange a Master of Ceremonies.

2 Months before

  • Compile gift list and consult a gift registry if necessary.
  • Must give notice of intent to marry to wedding official at least one full month and no more than 6 months in advance of wedding date.
  • Arrange wedding rehearsal.
  • Select wedding rings.
  • Collect and write invitations.

6 Weeks before

  • Relax! Take some time out for self care.
  • Confirm reception arrangements especially if hired goods have been selected.
  • Order beverages.
  • Confirm arrangements with florist.
  • Confirm honeymoon details.
  • Plan honeymoon clothes.
  • Mail your invitations.
  • Maintain a record of acceptance and declines.
  • Advise venues of estimated guest numbers.
  • Plan hen’s and buck’s nights.
  • Select gifts for attendants.
  • Begin to prepare your speeches.

4 Weeks before

  • Arrange wedding insurance for gifts and holiday insurance.
  • Confirm reception arrangements especially if hired goods have been selected.
  • Confirm arrangements with wedding official.
  • Have a hair and beauty rehearsal.
  • Final wedding dress fitting and alterations if necessary.
  • Finalise arrangements with photographer.
  • Finalise attendants outfits.
  • Update your Wedding SA Guest List and begin writing thank you notes as gifts are received.

2 Weeks before

  • Relax! Your wedding plans should be coming along nicely.
  • Final fitting of all wedding attire and arrange delivery.
  • Make sure the wedding party is fully aware of all arrangements and of what is required of them.
  • Finalise guest numbers and confirm with caterers.
  • Arrange wedding reception seating.
  • If the bride is changing her name she will need to notify her credit institutions.
  • Type an alphabetical list of guests and table allocations with place cards and give to your reception venue.

1 Week before

  • Relax! Enjoy the lead-up to your wedding day.
  • Finalise all arrangements – catering, floral, photography.
  • Have wedding rehearsal.
  • Final fitting check of all outfits and accessories.
  • Ensure that all guests (especially interstate and overseas) have transport to and from the church and reception.
  • Pack an emergency kit for the day which a family member can carry.
  • Pack for the honeymoon.
  • Layout all clothes for the wedding day – just to set your mind at ease.
  • Give gifts to attendants.